I have just picked some fresh cucumbers from my garden…..they are so fresh, and so much tastier than the ones from the store (no wax on these ones….). Garden fresh cucumbers actually do have a very nice taste, and can be eaten with the peel on, but I prefer them peeled.
Cucumbers may be used in a variety of ways: in tossed salads, as cucumber tea sandwiches, sliced and served plain or with a dip, used in numerous appetizers, etc. I love my cucumbers in a cucumber salad, dressed with sour cream or vinaigrette style.
Homemade Tzatziki Dip is very refreshing any time of the year, but even more so during hot summer days. It may be served as a dip with veggies, chunks of Pita Bread, gyros, or souvlaki, or as a salad dressing.
Once all the pre-wedding and the actual wedding ceremonies and rituals are finalized, a very large wedding reception begins. However, it is not unusual for an Assamese-style wedding, to have a wedding reception even a week before the actual wedding.
The Assamese wedding reception resembles an American open house party, with a beautifully served buffet-style meal, consisting of myriad selections of fruits, sweets, and an abundance of deliciously prepared dishes of fish and meat. The reception area is elaborately decorated with lots of greenery and beautiful floral arrangements.
ndia consists of many different regions, with each region having its distinctive religion, traditions, rituals, foods, and of course, very special wedding rituals.
After the Pre-Wedding ceremonies, the actual marriage ceremonies take place, so I will briefly touch upon the general Hindu traditions in part I, followed by Assamese wedding day traditions, in part II.
The actual marriage ceremony begins in the evening, could be as late as 9 PM, and lasts for 6 – 7 hours.
Besides the bride and the groom, only family members and close friends attend this part of the wedding ceremony.
It is very spiritual, filled with numerous rituals performed by the priest, bride, groom, and family members.